Orange County, one of the state’s wealthiest, has mercilessly targeted as many as 1,000 people along the Santa Ana Riverbed near Disneyland, despite having just 250 shelter spaces. This is nothing less than an abomination. See story behind this LINK.
An excerpt: “One of the richest counties in California has started evicting hundreds of its poorest residents from a dusty riverbed homeless encampment just a few miles from Disneyland. Activists say the site may be home to as many as 1,000 people.
Yet Orange County has admitted that it has just 250 shelter beds currently available.
Asked how the county would deal with the fact that there would be more evicted residents than shelter beds, a spokesperson, Jennifer Nentwig, said only that county officials would ‘monitor’ the number of shelter beds available, and that ‘the county is not dictating where people are able to go.’
Along with the shortage of shelter space and permanent housing, most cities in the county have laws that prohibit sleeping outside, which means a night on the streets can turn into a citation or even jail time.”
What is wrong with our society? Who and what are we? Why do we continue to not only allow our sisters and brother to be homeless but remain complacent with the lack of compassion by our officials? This is immoral and unconscionable. Realize we are ALL complicit by our silence in the face of injustices. For those who believe themselves “Christian,” the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:31-46 are applicable: What you did or did not do for the least of these you did or did not do for me. Mahatma Gandhi’s words are also pertinent: “The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.” May God have mercy on U.S.